Friday, March 2, 2018

Dr. François S. Clemmons: The role of Officer Clemmons on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood is featured in the film "Won't You Be My Neighbor"

Officer Clemmons
(The Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood Archive)

Dr. François S. Clemmons writes:

Dear Bill, Would you please help us celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Officer Clemmons on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. It’s PBS’s longest running children’s television show. It also marks the longest tenure for an African American on American television in a recurring role on a children’s program. Officer Clemmons was the first (1968), and it’s still showing in many markets. A film, entitled Won’t You Be My Neighbor, directed by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville, featuring the life of Fred Rogers was recently showcased at  Sundance Film Festival to a standing ovation. Officer Clemmons’ role is showcased in that documentary. It will have national release in June 2018. In addition to other events planned for this 50th Anniversary, PBS will have a national fundraiser honoring Fred Rogers on March 6-8, 2018 which will also include the special contribution of this African American singer/actor. Various showbiz personalities will offer commentary. Check your local listing for time. Thank you in advance for  your time and consideration. I enjoy very much the valuable service you give to many music lovers all over the worlds! Most Sincerely, Dr. François S. Clemmons, Alexander Twilight Artist-In-Residence, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont 05753

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